[Linux4christians] Sunday - Song of Songs 1
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Sat Jun 18 23:45:03 EDT 2011
Song of Songs 1
1:1 Solomon's Most Excellent Love Song.
The Desire for Love
1:2 /*The Beloved to Her Lover:*/
Oh, how I wish you would kiss me passionately!
For your lovemaking is more delightful than wine.
1:3 The fragrance of your colognes is delightful; your name is like the
finest perfume. No wonder the young women adore you!
1:4 Draw me after you; let us hurry!
May the king bring me into his bedroom chambers!
/*The Maidens*/ /*to the Lover:*/
We will rejoice and delight in you; we will praise your love more than wine.
The Beloved to Her Lover: How rightly the young women adore you!
The Country Maiden and the Daughters of Jerusalem
1:5 /*The Beloved to the Maidens:*/
I am dark but lovely, O maidens of Jerusalem, dark like the tents of
Qedar, lovely like the tent curtains of Salmah.
1:6 Do not stare at me because I am dark, for the sun has burned my skin.
My brothers were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards.
Alas, my own vineyard I could not keep!
The Shepherd and the Shepherdess
1:7 /*The Beloved to Her Lover:*/
Tell me, O you whom my heart loves, where do you pasture your sheep?
Where do you rest your sheep during the midday heat?
Tell me lest I wander around beside the flocks of your companions!
1:8 /*The Lover to His Beloved:*/
If you do not know, O most beautiful of women, simply follow the tracks
of my flock, and pasture your little lambs beside the tents of the
The Beautiful Mare and the Fragrant Myrrh
1:9 /*The Lover to His Beloved:*/
O my beloved, you are like a mare among Pharaoh's stallions.
1:10 Your cheeks are beautiful with ornaments; your neck is lovely with
strings of jewels.
1:11 We will make for you gold ornaments studded with silver.
1:12 /*The Beloved about Her Lover:*/
While the king was at his banqueting table, my nard gave forth its
1:13 My beloved is like a fragrant pouch of myrrh spending the night
between my breasts.
1:14 My beloved is like a cluster of henna blossoms in the vineyards of
Mutual Praise and Admiration
1:15 /*The Lover to His Beloved:*/
Oh, how beautiful you are, my beloved!
Oh, how beautiful you are!
Your eyes are like doves!
1:16 /*The Beloved to Her Lover:*/
Oh, how handsome you are, my lover!
Oh, how delightful you are!
The lush foliage is our canopied bed; 1:17 the cedars are the beams of
our bedroom chamber; the pines are the rafters of our bedroom.
Lord, Your love for those who have accepted Jesus as Lord is beyond any
mere human comparison, but that is the best we can do as we attempt to
comprehend it. May I praise You and rest in the encouragement and peace
that comes from knowing that you love me with a passion unmatched
anywhere in this world.
There is scholarly debate as to authorship; if the texts are written by
Solomon or were they written about Solomon, and if are they purely about
romantic passion or if there are embedded meanings beyond that.
Solomon began with a description of the passion of one of the maidens,
who compared his lovemaking to the intoxicating effects of wine, then
apologizes for her dark sin due to labor in the sun. The maidens are all
as smitten with him as she but she pleads to be invited into his king's
Then he described himself as a shepherd and she as a shepherdess, she
asked where he would be with his sheep, so that she would not be
following around some other shepherd's flock. He instructed her to
follow closely the path of his sheep and thus be near to him.
He compared her to a mare among Pharaoh's stallions. [The NET
Translator's Notes explain that this was drawn from a story where an
enemy of Pharaoh sent a mare among his chariot-pulling stallions to
cause them to go wild, but a soldier killed it before the stallions
She responded that he was like myrrh between her breasts as she slept or
like henna blossoms in the desert oasis.
They concluded by exchanging compliments and her final word described
their place of passions "The lush foliage is our canopied bed; the
cedars are the beams of our bedroom chamber; the pines are the rafters
of our bedroom."
One might draw from the discussion of her following him with his sheep
that a parallel-meaning could be the call of Jesus to His "bride" (the
church) to do likewise.
Does it fit with the rest of the Biblical text the Song of Songs be
merely about romantic passion, especially in the context of possible
unwed lust, and possible multiple partners? Or should one look for
meaning illustrated in an emotionally-powerful imagery?
The author's knowledge of Egyptian history was remarkably detailed.
When have you experienced or observed someone as smitten with Jesus as
the woman in the text was by Solomon?
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the deep and passionate love He has
Today I will praise the Lord God and rest in the image of Him welcoming
me, with open arms and a smile like the sun, into Heaven.
Be Specific ______________________________________________________
Monday's text will be:
Song of Songs 2
Draw nearer to the Lord and He will bless you,
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David M. Colburn, DMin. MaCo
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